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This may well be described as the Island Notebook 'Catch Up Column' today with special reference to the impressive 100 Women in White Service at Grace Methodist Church, North Pembroke Church more than a fortnight ago; the Bermuda launch by Melodye Van Putten of her latest book; the more recent launch by Erlor E. Dean. And on the subject of new books, we are more than half way through 'A Voice Crying in the Wilderness Called Paradise', a 303-page book by Dr. Maria Seaman, the charismatic pastor of Shekinah Worship Centre at the mouth of Shelly Bay. Now back to the eighth annual 'One Hundred Women in White Service' at Grace Methodist Church, where the pastor is the Rev. Damaris J. Lowe is pastor. The pastor stated the object of the service is to salute the secular and religious contributions of women in the church and community. And from the hundreds in the community at large, two were singled out for special honours. The Grace Church Service Award was bestowed on Irene IC Maybury, and the Community Service Award went to Patricia V Bean. Mrs Maybury is the wife of Sheldon Maybury and mother of four, one of whom, daughter Sherri-Ann became the first woman in Bermuda to be fully certified as a motor mechanic. In her younger days, honoree Irene was a star netball player, captain of her netball team and captain and champion girl at Victor Scott School and Howard Academy. Irene was the youngest of six children born to John and Henrietta Brown on April 19, 1936. She and brother Egbert Brown. Irene was spotlighted earlier this year when she accepted on behalf of the Brown family the insignia of the award of Bermuda National Hero publicly bestowed on her deceased brother Roosevelt Brown, famed locally and internationally as Dr. Pauulu Kamarakafego. Irene attended the LL Jean Jacques Commercial School in Hamilton, excelling in English, French, Shorthand, Bookkeeping and Typing. At age 38 she went to the Ontario Business College in Toronto, later becoming an executive secretary. Mrs. Maybury is now retired, after having worked at Prospect Primary School, Robert Crawford School and the Bermuda Government's Health Department. When a man climbs the ladder of success in the main due to his own grit, he's often described as a 'self-made man'. Gender aside, the same could perhaps be applied to Mrs Patricia Verdelle Bean who was singled out for the Community Service Award at the Grace Church 100 Women in White Service. Born on March 20, 1956, she became a foster child of Lucille Virgil and grew up on the High Point Farm in Southampton until aged 12. Her formal education was at Heron Bay Bay Primary School and Prospect Secondary School for Girls. Despite never attending university, Patricia remained a lifelong learner, taking advantage of every opportunity to upgrade herself in her chosen profession of administration and accounting. Today, Mrs Bean is the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Child and Family Services. She has held that position for the last ten years, gaining a reputation for dedication, professionalism and genuine interest, considered by her colleagues and clients as the 'go-to,' the 'one-who-gets-things done.' She can be found at her desk from 8am-8pm several days a week. The wife of 12 years to Ronald Bean and devoted mother of two and grandmother of three, Mrs. Bean is an active member of the Devonshire Seventh-day Adventist Church,having served as church clerk, children's choir director, head deaconess and service ministry leader among other roles. Her service has not gone unnoticed in the past, Mrs. Bean was honoured by the Personal Ministry Department of her church in 2007; and in the same year the Chamber of Commerce singled her out as one of the 100 Wonder Women who Rock the Rock.

(Photos by Ira Philip) Worship leader at the 100 Women in White service was Sister Gretchen Brangman. Guest speaker was Sister Shayna Duncan. The Marsden Methodist Praise Team led the singing, while Liturgical Dance Ministry was performed by a Bright Temple AME Church team. One of the highlights was the group above depicting Women of the Bible. They are: Myrtle Robinson as Anna; Esther Bean as Esther; Yvonne James, Hanna; Dianne Peterson, Mary Magdalene; Carolyn Walker, Mary of Bethany and Cloretta Harvey as Miriam.
Noted for her own stylish hats and chic dressing when not necessarily 'in white,' Patricia V Bean is seen with the insignia of her Grace Church 100 Women in White Community Service Award. It was presented by The Premier, Paula A. Cox, with Pastor Damaris Lowe on the right.